Nicola Sturgeon calls for ’emergency meeting on cost of living crisis’

First Minister said "many people across the UK cannot afford to wait until September for further action to be taken."

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Nicola Sturgeon, the First Minister of Scotland, has asked for an emergency meeting of the Prime Minister and Heads of devolved Government Council to agree on measures to assist those in need affected by the cost of living crisis.

In a letter to the Prime Minister demanding the September meeting to be moved up owing to the “fast deterioration” of the situation, the First Minister stated that “many people across the UK cannot afford to wait until September for further action to be taken.”

The meeting between the heads of the devolved governments and the government of the United Kingdom would give a chance to agree on immediate and long-term initiatives.

This week, the Scottish Government Resilience Room (SGoRR) will meet to consider immediate measures that may be implemented to alleviate the burden on Scottish households, both now and in the future.

Nicola Sturgeon said: “While we will continue to take all actions available to us within devolved responsibilities and budgets – the Scottish Government is investing almost £3 billion this year in a range of measures which will help address the cost of living pressures – it is a statement of fact that many of the levers which would make the biggest difference lie with the UK Government.

“It is also the case that only the UK Government can access and make available resources on the scale required.

“Therefore, actions by devolved governments alone – though important – will not be enough to meet the unprecedented challenges we face.

“Action is needed now to address significant gaps in help for households, in particular those on low incomes, who are increasingly vulnerable to the impact of rising household costs.

“However, it is also vital, given further increases to energy bills due to be announced later this month, that a substantial plan be developed now to avert and mitigate what will otherwise be a crisis of unprecedented proportions – a crisis in which many people will be unable to feed themselves and their families or heat their homes.

“While few will escape some impact of the cost of living crisis, these impacts are not being experienced evenly.

“That is why the focus must be on providing targeted support to those most adversely impacted, rather than an irresponsible reduction in broad-based taxes which will benefit the relatively better off over those most in need.

“The current crisis requires clear, focused and determined leadership and co-operation to develop and deliver – at pace – a package of interventions to protect those most impacted.”

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